When you meet a couple for the first time, it's always fascinating to find out their "meet cute" story — especially if they met somewhere other than a dating app. In a recent AskReddit thread, one user inquired about how people met their partners, because there's no "right" time or place to make a romantic connection with someone. You never know when or where you might run into someone who makes a lasting impact and becomes part of your life for the long haul... you just have to have your eyes (and heart) open to the possibility of meeting someone great.
Obviously, there's no shame in using dating apps to find love: they're just a tool that, when used properly, can have great results. But there's also no shame in feeling like you want to break out of the online dating scene and try to find a partner out in ~the wild~. It might seem daunting to meet people IRL, but if you're willing to step outside of your comfort zone and are open to making connections, it's totally doable.
Need proof? Here are 15 meet-cute (or not-so-cute) stories from the real people of Reddit — let them give you hope that making a long-lasting, romantic connection can happen in the most unexpected environments (and yes, on dating apps, too).